Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence

Posted on 01. Sep, 2017 by in News

The Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence gives us a great way to recognize professionals, advocates, volunteers, and family members, caretakers or users of assistive technology (AT) for their support of NortStephen Elden Salleeh Carolinians who use assistive technology.

Stephen Elden Sallee became a wheelchair user after a diving accident in 1962. Despite his physical challenges, Steve received both his BS and MS degrees from the University of Oklahoma and his EdS degree from Appalachian State University. After a number of years of teaching, Steve found that he had to spend more time maintaining his health. He moved to Winston-Salem, where he is credited with helping to start a support group called the Adaptables. Steve began as a volunteer for the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program, moving on to a position as a part-time technologist. Steve’s affinity for technology helped to develop the assistive technology center serving persons with disabilities in Winston-Salem and throughout the north central part of North Carolina. Steve died on May 10, 2002. The Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence commemorate his contributions to the field and acknowledge our deep gratitude for his service to persons with disabilities.

These awards will be presented on October 19, 2017, at the GREAT (Global Rehabilitation Enhanced with Assistive Technology) Conference, which is co-hosted by the North Carolina Rehabilitation Association and the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program. The site of this year’s GREAT Conference is at the Hilton Riverside, Wilmington.

One of the greatest honors is to be recognized by peers for one’s achievements and contributions. Please take a few moments to review information about the awards below and nominate someone who you feel is deserving of these awards:

Number of Award Recipients: One individual or organization is selected from each category:

  • Professional, Advocate, and Volunteer
  • Assistive Technology User

Explanation of Categories:

  • Professional, Advocate, and Volunteer Category: The individual or organization selected from this category is being recognized for his/her/its significant contributions in furthering the access of assistive technology devices and/or services to North Carolinians with disabilities while working as a professional service provider, an advocate for assistive technology, or as a volunteer in the field.
  • Assistive Technology User Category: The individual selected from this category can be an individual with a disability who utilizes AT, a family member of an AT user, or other associated individual (caretaker), who has made a significant contribution in furthering the access of assistive technology devices and/or services to North Carolinians with disabilities.

Who Can Nominate:

  • Human services, rehabilitation, or educational professionals, family members, employers, etc.

Who to Contact for further information: